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Duke One Health Graduate Course

Controlling Zoonotic Diseases through a One Health Approach

Fall 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, funding priorities have shifted and we are no longer able to offer the summer One Health Training Program. Program offerings have been reconfigured into a 3-credit hour semester long course, featuring much of the same content, and will be available each fall through the Duke Global Health Institute.

This course is open to Duke enrolled graduate degree-seeking students who are interested in gaining an appreciation for how One Health research techniques can be employed to understand and control the spread of zoonotic diseases.

Course meeting days, location(s), and times: TBD

Instructor                                                                       Teaching Assistant
Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH                                           Emily Robie, MSc
Professor, DGHI & Infectious Disease Division         Research Associate, Duke One Health
Hanes House, Rm 254                                                   Trent Hall, Rm 218
Phone (919) 684-1032                                                    Phone (919) 684-1980
gregory.gray@duke.edu                                                emily.robie@duke.edu
Office hours as arranged                                               Office hours as arranged

Course Description:
This course will introduce graduate students to the epidemiology and control of zoonotic diseases. A special emphasis will be placed on respiratory virus threats which may lead to pandemics. We will also emphasize employing the One Health approach in anticipating and controlling these threats. The course will be offered in hybrid fashion with some face-to-face engagements (as permitted considering Duke’s requirements for social distancing) and other learning occurring online.

Course Pre-requisites:
The following courses (or equivalent):

  • An undergraduate course in microbiology or biology
  • Graduate course in epidemiology (may be taken concurrently)

Course Objectives:
After completing this course, students will:

  • Be familiar with laboratory methods for pathogen detection and characterization
  • Appreciate the value of employing the One Health approach in controlling zoonoses
  • Be aware of zoonotic disease threats that may occur naturally or through maleficence
  • Be familiar with food safety methods in agricultural industries
  • Be able to plan for zoonotic disease prevention and control

Course Materials:
Required textbook: David L. Heymann, MD, ed., Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (CCDM), 20th edition, 2014, ISBN 978-0-87553-018-5, APHA publisher


This training was originally developed as a 12-credit-hr certificate program, by Dr. Gray at the University of Iowa, where it was offered annually beginning in 2008. It was then moved to the University of Florida where Dr. Gray served as Chair and Professor in the Department of Environmental and Global Health. While at UF, the training program was revised from a 12-credit curriculum focused on emerging infectious disease research to a 9-credit curriculum centered around the concept of One Health. The training was considered highly successful in engaging international scholars.

In August 2014, Dr. Gray moved this training to Duke University. The Duke One Health Training Program ran from 2015 to 2019 as 9-credit, four-short-course summer program designed to introduce graduate students and visiting scholars to the concept of One Health. Twenty research triangle area faculty provide didactic and field training in using the One Health approach to tackle modern complex problems. The course offered overviews and hands-on learning in epidemiology, ecology, infectious disease research, entomology, food production, zoonotic diseases, outbreak investigations, environmental health, and virology.

Photos of the training program:  https://sites.globalhealth.duke.edu/dukeonehealth/media/photo-albums/

Duke One Health Training Program 2017

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